Robyn L. Anderson

Robyn handles a broad range of insurance recovery claims under liability and property policies, but has particular experience with claims involving product recalls or food contamination, additional insured coverage disputes, business interruption and environmental or toxic tort liability. Her policyholder work often translates to significant insurance recoveries for her clients, without requiring protracted coverage litigation. Outside of claim recoveries, Robyn also helps clients be proactive by reviewing their insurance portfolios and guiding them through the negotiation of coverage terms that will be best suited for their needs. An author of the hornbook chapter on Environmental Insurance for New Appleman on Insurance Law, Robyn is recognized as a leading insurance lawyer by numerous organizations including Benchmark Litigation and Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers.

In addition to her policyholder work, Robyn also defends employers, ERISA plans and fiduciaries in a wide range of employee benefit litigation. Robyn has obtained numerous favorable rulings for clients on perennial ERISA issues such as preemption, standard of review, scope of evidence and equitable recoupment. 

Recent court decisions include:

  • Carter v. General Motors Hourly-Rate Pension Plan, 2015 WL 3867661 (S.D. Ind. June 23, 2015) (summary judgment in favor of plan on plaintiffs’ benefit claims and companion claims for equitable relief)
  • Hamilton v. General Motors Hourly Rate Pension Plan, --- F. Supp. 3d ---, 2015 WL 1820686 (N.D. N.Y.  Apr. 22, 2015) (summary judgment in favor of plan on participant’s claims for benefits, breach of fiduciary duty and promissory estoppel)
  • Richardson-Roy v. Fidelity Investments, 2015 WL 1530910 (D. Del. Apr. 1, 2015) (summary judgment against plaintiff because claims were preempted by ERISA and time-barred)
  • Holmes v. Colorado Coalition for Homeless Long Term Disability Plan, 762 F.3d 1195 (10th Cir. 2014) (summary judgment in favor of plan where participant failed to timely exhaust administrative remedies and was time-barred from exhausting), cert denied at 135 S.Ct. 1402 (2015)
  • Shumpert v. General Motors Life and Disability Benefits Program for Hourly Employees, 2014 WL 5817009 (E.D. Mich. Nov. 10, 2014) (summary judgment to plan on plaintiff’s claim for disability benefits and plan’s counterclaim for recoupment for prior overpayment)
  • Nielsen v. Union Sec. Ins. Co., 2013 WL 3849970, E.D.Mo., July 24, 2013 (NO. 4:12-CV-1698-JAR) (denying plaintiff’s motion to remand to administrator where claimant chose to file suit on deemed exhausted basis under ERISA)
  • Woodworth v. General Motors Pension Plan Administrator, 2013 WL 2447778, E.D.Mich., June 05, 2013 (NO. 12-14842) (granting motion to dismiss due to plaintiff’s failure to exhaust administrative remedies under ERISA)
  • Trombly v. Fidelity Workplace Services LLC, 11-13477, 2013 WL 866456 (E.D. Mich. Mar. 7, 2013) (judgment for defendant on ERISA benefit claim, claim of equitable estoppel, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract or misrepresentation
  • Adams v. General Motors Co., 2012 WL 2865536, E.D.Mich., July 12, 2012 (NO. 11-13398) (affirming judgment for ERISA administrator on administrative record) (currently on appeal)
  • Crawford v. General Motors LLC, 10-CV-14022 (E.D. Mich. May 7, 2012) (judgment for defendant on ERISA benefit claim, claim of equitable estoppel and breach of fiduciary duty)
  • Green v. Union Sec. Ins. Co., 646 F.3d 1042 (8th Cir. 2011) (reversing district court and granting judgment to ERISA administrator on administrative record)
  • Allen v. Life Ins. Co. of North America, 2010 WL 4811946, W.D.Ky., November 19, 2010 (NO. 1:02CV-00003-JHM) (granting judgment to ERISA administrator on administrative record (currently on appeal)
  • Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Jianas Bros. Packaging Co., 2010 WL 2710732, W.D.Mo., July 07, 2010 (NO. 10-00218-CV-W-GAF) (granting motion to dismiss insurer’s declaratory judgment action denying duty to defend or indemnify where no underlying suit had yet been filed against policyholder)
  • Baker v. Union Sec. Ins. Co., 2010 WL 2595244, W.D.Mo., June 23, 2010 (NO. 09-0198-CV-W-ODS) (granting judgment for ERISA administrator on administrative record)

Court Memberships

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


  • Named a "Best Lawyer for 2015" 
  • Selected by Ingram’s Magazine, 2014 Class of 40 Under 40”   
  • Named among the Best Lawyers in America®
  • Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” (2012-2015), “Litigation Stars” (2013-2016) and “Leading Insurance Attorney”

  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” 

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (Life, Health & Disability Committee)



  • Emerging Legal Issues, Agricultural Roundtable, September 2013
  • Additional Insured Status Issues, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, June 2013
  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Liability Coverage After the Claim Comes In, MOPrima (August 2013), Risk Insurance Management Society - Ozarks Chapter, May 2013 (May 2013) and Association of Corporate Counsel – MidAmerica Chapter (April 2013)

  • Insurance Recovery in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy, National Law Journal Crisis Litigation Forum, May 2013
  • Insurance Litigation Trends, State of Litigation conference, Kansas City, 2010-2011
  • Insurance Hot Topics: Practical Advice for Corporate Counsel, 2009
  • Additional Insurance Coverage & Certificates of Insurance, Risk Insurance Management Society, Overland Park, Kansas, 2008
  • Tips on Handling Insolvent Claims, Risk Insurance Management Society, Springfield, Missouri, 2006
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Amy Smith


University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1999

University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A., magna cum laude, 1996

University of Missouri-Columbia,
B.J., summa cum laude, 1996